The former angling shop at the top of Uckfield High Street has been let and is to become a cafe, serving food such as all-day breakfasts.
Planning permission was given for the change of use in December and Richard Oldfield from chartered surveyors and commercial agents Oldfield Smith & Co confirmed the letting yesterday.
He said the new owner planned to replicate a business they were already running in West Sussex and added: “This is good news for the town and I think the business could do well here.”
The premises, next to Bishops Butchers, and close to the junction of Church Street and car parks, will undergo complete refurbishment before opening as a cafe, with full catering consent.
Internal walls will be demolished but externally the only changes are to be the provision of an extraction system and some new signage on the existing shopfront.
When the plans were approved an officer’s report to Wealden Council said it was considered occupation of the premises even by a non-retail use was preferable to vacancy, and would have a positive impact on the viability/vitality of the commercial frontage.
Mr Oldfield said: “There continues to be good demand for retail premises in the Wealden towns, particularly in connection with catering.
“If you have vacant premises or are looking to relocate please do get in touch. We have applicants waiting. Please call us on 01825 762222.”
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